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Title: Effect of skeleton conformation on the electronic structure of 50% Ti substituted polysilanes from density functional calculations
Authors: Asanee Somdee
Malliga Suewattana
Asawin Sinsarp
Withoon Chunwachirasiri
Mahidol University
Keywords: Engineering;Materials Science
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Citation: Synthetic Metals. Vol.202, (2015), 98-102
Abstract: © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. We study the effect of skeleton conformations on the electronic structure of polysilanes and polysilanes with 50% Ti substitution (polytitasilanes) using first principle calculations. Various conformations including a trans-planar and a helical geometry of the skeleton backbone are examined. We found that in all cases, as the skeleton backbone is twisted away from being trans-planar, the bandgap increases. The overall band structures also exhibit some differences between the planar and helical configurations. The density of states shows that as Ti atoms are incorporated into the silane systems, the frontier state narrows indicating that the Ti substitution plays a major role at the lowest unoccupied conduction band and the highest occupied valance band. In addition, the backbone conformation has a strong influence on the bandgap and the frontier state for polytitasilanes which is not as apparent in the polysilanes.
ISSN: 03796779
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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